Hunting is a safe activity, but every year hunters find themselves deeper in the woods than they expected and longer than they planned.
Fall hunting season also comes with fall weather, which in Idaho means anything from the 70s to sub-freezing, and sometimes within hours of each other.
Mix in snow and rain, pursuing game into more rugged and remote places than you would normally go, and you can get yourself into precarious situations.
For those reasons, it’s smart for hunters to carry survival gear. But don’t think of it as strictly stuff you use in a worst-case scenario. You can also use it during your normal hunts and still have it if things go sideways.
You don’t have to carry everything listed here on every hunt, but these are valuable items for many purposes.